My motion to the Scottish Parliament over InGAME is found below.
The Economic Impact of Dundee's InGAME Research and Development Hub
Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, 09 August 2023
Motion reference: S6M-10076
That the Parliament welcomes the publication of a new report highlighting the transformative role played by the Innovation for Game and Media Enterprise (InGAME) research and development centre in Dundee in driving substantial growth within the UK's video games industry; understands that InGAME, which was established in 2018 by Abertay University in collaboration with academic and industry partners, has emerged as a pioneering hub of innovative research and support services for games companies, facilitating creative experimentation, developing scale-up capacity, and fostering diversification and growth throughout the Dundee games cluster and beyond; welcomes the findings of the BiGGAR Economics report, which shows that companies collaborating with InGAME are projected to generate an estimated £84.7 million Gross Value Added (GVA) for the UK economy over the next 10 years, with £55.3 million GVA and 115 jobs expected to be generated within the Tay Cities Region alone; notes that the impact analysis reveals that for every £1 of UK public funding invested in InGAME, the project is anticipated to generate an impressive £15.90 GVA for the UK economy, while, it understands, successfully stimulating £2.08 of research and development investment from industry partners; understands that, to date, more than 177 research projects have been funded through InGAME’s innovation voucher scheme and more than 2,200 games industry professionals and researchers have been upskilled through training and engagement activities, and believes that the success of InGAME was instrumental in Abertay University securing preferred bidder status to host one of four new UK virtual production labs, which, it understands, are funded through UKRI’s Convergent Screen Technologies and performance in Realtime (CoSTAR) programme.